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In IESC - Post First Session On June 10, 2018 ()
This thread is for comment on the IESC after its first session on 30 May. A full recording of the first session (including the Open Session) is available via the ‘Congress’ page of this website. On the whole, I think we had a good first session. There were some initial technical problems, chiefly over audio. However, most participants seem to have managed to overcome these without too much difficulty. We shall be examining such glitches as occurred and will be trying to ensure that they do not recur at the Second Session in 2019. There was a good exchange of ideas and comments during the open session. These were mainly effected through participants typing in text. I endeavoured to answer as many of these as po ...


In International English Spelling Congress On April 9, 2018 ()
This category is for general comment on the International English Spelling Congress whose first session will be held on 30 May.

Arguments against Spelling Reform

In Arguments against Spelling Reform On June 21, 2016 ()
From Stephen Linstead (Chair) Arguments against Spelling Reform The Society has been arguing for spelling reform ever since it was set up in 1908. In the intervening years many arguments for and against reform have been raised. The arguments below are the most common ones as to why reform is impracticable or undesirable.  Comments are invited. 1. Traditional English spelling is not all that irregular. It has underlying rules that can be memorised and applied, requiring not too many exceptions to be memorised. 2. Mastering English spelling may be difficult at first but we all learn to spell eventually. All it needs is hard work. There is no evidence that traditional spelling has any tangible disadvantages. 3. Spelling ...

Welcome to the Blog

In Welcome to the Blog On June 18, 2016
Welcome to the Blog. This facility is for members of the Society and the general public to exchange views and information on spelling reform. Click on the title of any category to open it. To post comments, click on the Read More button under the appropriate category. If you are not on Facebook or Twitter etc then you will need to sign up to Disqus in order to post comments – follow instructions on site. This is a simple precaution to prevent spam. This is not the only opportunity to exchange views on spelling matters. There are two Yahoo Discussion Groups – Saundspel, devoted to matters of phonoloogy, and SSSList, which is only open to Society members but which discusses more general issues of spelling reform ...